This off road adventure took us to Hico, TX. The town has a lot of history surrounding the Billy the Kid legend. There is a fantastic museum about his life that is worth the visit.
This off road adventure takes you on about 50 miles of county dirt roads so be prepared for getting your Jeep a bit dirty, especially if it has rained recently. You won't need a 4x4 to complete the route, any vehicle can traverse the roads without issue. It does provide countryside views you wont find on the well traveled paved roads though!
Billy the Kid (born Henry McCarty; September 17 or November 23, 1859 – July 14, 1881), also known by the pseudonym William H. Bonney, was an outlaw and gunfighter of the American Old West, who killed eight men before he was shot and killed at the age of 21. In 1948, a central Texas man, Ollie P. Roberts, also known as Brushy Bill Roberts, began claiming he was Billy the Kid and went before New Mexico Governor Thomas J. Mabry seeking a pardon. Mabry dismissed Roberts' claims, and Roberts died shortly afterward. Nevertheless, Hico, Texas, Roberts' town of residence, capitalized on his claim by opening a Billy the Kid museum. The museum provides compelling evidence of this claim leaving you to decide.
This short drive to Hico, TX will provide for a fun day of Texas historical entertainment. Hico, TX has revitalized its main street with shops and eateries. There is also a historic cabin to visit in the main street area along with a statue of Billy the Kid that makes for a great photo opportunity.
You can download or pull up the route map and use it in Google maps to show your location as you drive. Some of the turns can be hard to find and some of them do not have any type of marker.